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Why I used to think like that I really do not know. I did not like the cold once I got past the age of about 30. Or was it 35? Who cares, I hate the cold now. That's one of the many reasons I live in what many call paradise: Palawan, in the south west of the Philippines.
Being a predominantly Christian country Bradley Beal Womens Jersey , Christmas is a big occasion in the Philippines. It is also still a religious occasion, which of course it should be. Only a tiny percentage of people can afford gifts, so the emphasis is on family holidays, time together, and for many going to church. Very few families have anything special for Christmas lunch John Wall Womens Jersey , they just don't have the money. They do make up for it, though, as Filipinos certainly know how to enjoy themselves.
Despite the lack of money in most families, Christmas starts early in the stores, around August. One thing they go in for in a big way here is Christmas lights. Sometimes even the poorest homes will be adorned with fairy lights Cheap Bradley Beal Jersey , some having quite spectacular displays. Even in early November last year, as I travelled back from the jungle's edge about 90km south, it was quite magical to see the Christmas lights as we got near the city.
My first Christmas in the country was memorable. I was invited to a girlfriend's house Christmas Eve, a very poor but very friendly neighbourhood with mostly small timber houses cramped next to each other; intimate to say the least. Outside in the garden (a tiny yard) there were lights everywhere, set up for the party that would last all evening and into the night. I remember sitting there as they got everything organised around me Cheap John Wall Jersey , how magical and special it all was. Just a few months earlier I had been a resident in England and had only experienced Christmas in England. Now, I was sitting outside on a hot Christmas Eve, the sound of tropical insects a prelude to the modern disco music that was to follow later. I loved it.
As with most occasions in the Philippines, there were lots of children. Neighbours came and went, people moved from one party to another Bradley Beal Jersey , and there was a constant flow of people and especially children. Children's games were followed later by adult versions of children's games, most of which have come from Western influence, but Filipinos always put their own stamp on the foreign habits they adopt. Alcohol would not have been a part of the occasion, but the adults were delighted when I offered to buy beer and rum.
At midnight, I was advised to go inside. I soon saw why. All hell broke loose with fireworks as midnight approached John Wall Jersey , exploding from every tightly packed, confined little garden in the neighbourhood. Fireworks that would have been banned in the UK, but I have to admit they were very loud and impressive. I was amazed, as nobody had warned me of this tradition beforehand.
Now, all my Christmases are tropical Cheap Washington Wizards Jerseys , and very different from those in England. I sometimes wonder how much Christmas would change here if it ever became a wealthy country. The major differences between here and England are the profligate spending and materialism in England, and the normal subdued spending in the Philippines. Yet, it is the Filipinos who seem more able to enjoy it that the English.
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BEIJING， Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The 9th round of China Basketball Association (CBA) regular season action started with game night 20 in Shenzhen on Sunday. The home team took out Xinjiang 106-91， setting it on a three-game winning streak while Xinjiang have encountered two consecutive defeats.
Xinjiang topped the table on 7-1 before the battle. Shenzhen opened the game by going on a 14-3 run， but Xinjiang answered by going 7-2. After Sun Tonglin's layup， the two teams had a 22-22 draw at the end of the first quarter. In the last quarter， the game went to junk time， with Xinjiang falling from first place after their loss.
Meanwhile， Beijing came from behind to beat Zhejiang 116-106， with the scoring led by Stephon Marbury.
Zhejiang stormed to a lead from the outset on Willie Warren's scoring. After Beijing fought back， led by Marbury， Warren beat back again， going on an 8-1 run. Beijing was behind Zhejiang on 20-30 after the first quarter.
During the last quarter， Beijing caught on fire. Sun Qingpeng and Zhai Xiaochuan hit 3-pointers， Sun Yue got a dunk， making a fantastic 11-0 run for the Ducks. Randolph Morris had a game-high 18 points and 5 assists， Warren got 38 points， 12 rebounds and 9 assists.
In other action， Tianjin hammered Jiangsu 122-91， Liaoning overwhelmed Fujian 118-80， Shanghai beat Shanxi 108-89， Qingdao lost to Guangdong 90-98， Sichuan beat Jilin 113-92， Shandong beat Jiangsu 103-88， Guangxia downed Aolong 128-108， and Bayi edged out Guangzhou 94-93.
JAKARTA, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- A total of 488 shuttlers from 64 countries and regions will vie in the badminton world junior championship in Indonesia next month Ian Mahinmi Jersey , the Indonesian badminton association said here on Thursday.
The championship will be held at Among Projo sport stadium in Yogyakarta province from Oct. 9 to 22, secretary general of Indonesian badminton association Achmad Budiharto said.
The championship will stage two categories of sports, mix.